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Old 2nd April 2013, 20:35   #16
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That would have been WOW!! I can definetely drive down to Chennai for this. Please Loop me in for this experience.
After watching only videos and in How is it Made Shows, it would be great to step on it mate.
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Old 3rd April 2013, 10:10   #17
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OK sir. You tell me kitna door jayegi and I will do the math.

Kitna Door Jayegi(in kms)/25 = Kitna deti hain

BTW just thought of a couple of more things:-
What fuel are you using?
Under ideal conditions, how fast can it go?
We want to do this test / trials for our stats. But like I said earlier we can't find a suitable place along the seashore to do this. But if someone can suggest a length of shoreline near Chennai then I could tow the craft to the place and we could do all the tests there.

We use petrol for this mixed with oil. 5ltrs:100ml.

Normal Cruise Speed: 21mph / 32kmph
Top Speed: 40mph / 64kmph
All the other subject to operating conditions.
On a full tank of 25ltrs it could theoretically run for upto 32miles or 2hrs.
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Interesting stuff man. Wonder what the feeling would be to ride this without having to look for ruts, water puddles and everything else that can be thrown at it.

What about the safety gear, does it have any at all apart from the regular helmet ?

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We want to do this test / trials for our stats. But like I said earlier we can't find a suitable place along the seashore to do this. But if someone can suggest a length of shoreline near Chennai then I could tow the craft to the place and we could do all the tests there.
Your best bet would be to drive along ECR and find an isolated spot to test this.
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A hovercraft? Wow !!!

Now that's a different kind of fun and I'm positive it is very addictive.

Do you have plans to offer joy rides on the beach to people, like the jet ski's are rented out in Goa?

I'm curious to know how much would this retail at. Do share the price and the specs.

An official team bhp test drive would complete this thread.

Thanks for sharing.

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I'm curious to know how much would this retail at. Do share the price and the specs.
Please read carefully from start, it retails at around 30 lakhs. i am sure you was gawping pics in detail

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A true off-roader even when it is on road. I would like to drive one. I think some resort on the west coast had a Hovercraft ride as an attraction. Dont remember which
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Old 3rd April 2013, 17:49   #22
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What about the safety gear, does it have any at all apart from the regular helmet ?
No Safety gear other than the killcord that one has to attach to the wrist while driving. Somewhat similar to the cord on a treadmill it will abruptly stop the engine if pulled with a jerk. One of my colleagues had a nasty tumble when he tried to turn the craft without banking into it. The craft turned one way and he fell out of the craft the other way.

Your handle would suit me buddy. But the Mods don't allow a change of handle.

Note from Support - Please use the EDIT button to add more content to your post (within 30 mins of creating the first post) instead of submitting back-to-back posts.

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Hi,
Can it operate on surfaces which are not level? Like, say, a road which is cambered and banked.

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^ I don't think so, Sutripta!
For a Hovercraft to maintain it's relative position on a cambered or banked surface, it will either need to have Jets on the sides or it's fan will need to be swung around on a pivot to provide both a sideways and a forward thrust. Even if these were to happen, the craft would be extremely difficult to handle. It may be able to do short banked stretches on the basis of momentum alone, but it will continuously be slipping sideways. A very dangerous situation for the driver and occupants, IMO.

While I TOTALLY AGREE with the O.P. (Aabid) that a hovercraft is a brilliant vehicle for exploring swamps, marshlands and other similar (but Flat) regions, it can hardly be used for any Off-Roading at all.
Hence, the title of this thread is Misleading.
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^ I don't think so, Sutripta!
While I TOTALLY AGREE with the O.P. (Aabid) that a hovercraft is a brilliant vehicle for exploring swamps, marshlands and other similar (but Flat) regions, it can hardly be used for any Off-Roading at all.
Hence, the title of this thread is Misleading.
Agree with you 100% but I couldn't find a suitable existing title or thread within the forum to post this. So I left it to the mods.


Sorry for the back to back posts, done in a hurry. My comment was directed at Mallumowgli. I like his handle and I wanted to say that it would fit me perfectly.

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it can hardly be used for any Off-Roading at all.
Hi,
Was pointing out (in an non offensive way) that let alone off-roading, a hovercraft is difficult to operate even on good quality roads!

Hovercrafts really show their mettle on swamps, marshes, and other shallow waterbodies, esp. if those have lots of flora.

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Hi,
Will the Nylon skirts brush against the terrain during usage? Is it durable that way? Especially on rough terrains?

How high can it go on full throttle (vertical height off the ground)? Can it exceed the nylon skirt's bottom?
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I do not see any number plate(s) ! Does one need to take the hovercraft to the RTO (Regional Transport Office) and register it?

http://www.tn.gov.in/services/rto.html

http://www.tn.gov.in/sta/taxtables.html
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After reading the present article, I would like to know more about the HC. As Oliver Twist would say, Please Sir, I want to ride the HC and if possible own it.
Could you let me know more about your craft.
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Okay, okay, . To answer some of your queries -
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Will the Nylon skirts brush against the terrain during usage? Is it durable that way? Especially on rough terrains?

How high can it go on full throttle (vertical height off the ground)? Can it exceed the nylon skirt's bottom?
The skirts do brush against the terrain. However, if the throttle is increased there is sufficient lift to clear the ground. But that is not an issue at all. The skirts are very durable and get damaged not by erosion but rather by getting cut or torn if it gets snagged on some sharp or jagged objects. Spare skirts are available and can be replaced in segments.

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I do not see any number plate(s) ! Does one need to take the hovercraft to the RTO (Regional Transport Office) and register it?
I don't know about this buddy. I guess there would be some sort of registration required. If I find out I shall post about it.

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After reading the present article, I would like to know more about the HC. As Oliver Twist would say, Please Sir, I want to ride the HC and if possible own it.
Could you let me know more about your craft.
Just what exactly do you want to know Ashwin. Would be more than glad to give you the info. As far as the ride is concerned, I am trying to talk to various people to see if I can offer it to the adventure enthusiasts on hire.
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There is a lot of queries on HC and you need to answer this. It is a crime to talk and show something on TBHP and not reply to our eager questions. Mods will decide the punishment.
There.....queries answered. Sorry guys, didn't mean to be uptight about this. Was tied up with a lot of work otherwise.
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